Scott Hodge, president of the Tax Foundation, spoke to the Economic Club of Indiana today in Indianapolis. He offered some enlightening quotes:
- "According to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the U.S. has a more progressive tax system than Sweden or France or many other European countries we associate with oppressive tax systems. The U.S. already places a higher income tax burden on the top 10% of taxpayers than any industrialized country."
- The irony is this: "Despite the fact that we try more than any other country to use the tax code to reduce inequality, the OECD found that we have one of the highest levels of inequality among industrialized countries. Only Portugal, Turkey, and Mexico have higher levels of inequality."
- "According to Gallup, 68% of Americans think wealth should be more evenly distributed and 51% think that should be done via higher taxes on the rich. Yet in 1939, only 39% favored higher taxes on the rich."
- "One-third of all so-called taxpayers pay zero in income taxes because of the generosity of the credits and deductions that are currently in the tax code. Many of these folks not only don’t have an income tax liability, but they receive generous cash payments through “refundable” tax programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. In fact, the government gives out more than $50 billion in these refundable tax credits each year; in essence, we’ve turned the IRS into an ATM machine for welfare benefits." Continue reading